Municipal Consulting & Peer Review

Supporting Municipal Boards and Departments

Places Associates, Inc. offers continuing and/or one-time services directly to town boards and departments. Services have ranged from acting Town Engineer to contractual municipal consulting to providing reviews of individual reports and plans. We have reviewed a range of projects including subdivisions; residential, commercial, industrial, and solar site plans; and comprehensive permit (40B) housing and common driveways for compliance with regulations and sound engineering practices. We have provided construction inspections of roadways, reviews of bond releases and road acceptances, and reviews of existing drainage issues under litigation for various towns.

Our Home-Town Advantage

All members of our professional staff have served or currently serve on their local municipal volunteer boards including Board of Selectmen, Planning Boards, Conservation Commissions, Capital Planning, Affordable Housing, By-law Review Committees, and more.

We believe that our staff's involvement with their hometown boards gives us the unique perspective of understanding the issues and concerns of volunteer board members as we help the Boards evaluate the projects before them. We have also worked with boards on updates and implementation of changing technologies in their regulations and zoning. We accomplish this by providing language clarification, specifications, and a working knowledge of the changes happening in other municipalities.

Our Staff’s Municipal Involvement

  • STOW, MA  Engineering Consultant to Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, and Land Use Task Force since 1996
  • BOXBOROUGH, MA Town Engineer for Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and DPW since 2008
  • HUBBARDSTON, MA Engineering consultant for Planning Board, project specific for Conservation Commission, and Reserve Board of Health Agent
  • CARLISLE, MA Recommendations to Planning Board for Subdivision Rules and Regulations updates
  • GROTON, MA Project Specific Engineering Review of Drainage
  • HUDSON, MA Project Specific Consultant to Conservation Commission for Plan Review
  • HOLDEN, MA Project Specific Engineering Plan Review for Planning Board
  • CHELMSFORD, MA Solar Farm By-law